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  1. Am I the only one that understands what NO PARTICULAR ORDER means?
    25 points
  2. There are going to be positive cases, that was expected, as IHSAA Commish stated here, and what most people understand. Taking it 2 weeks at a time as we approach August.
    17 points
  3. I am Keith Nance. It is a HUGE understatement to say that this is less than an ideal situation for dozens of reasons. The obvious, we would all prefer to be standing beside and led by our dear friend Coach Bowsman. Secondly, the Superintendent being the head coach is obviously problematic. I have been fortunate to be allowed to work as a unpaid assistant/offensive coordinator while being the Superintendent for the last 5 years. I have coached for 20 as a varsity assistant all at WW, 19 with Phillip and 13 years as OC. It is my hobby, a passion and a chance to be close with kids and
    16 points
  4. It was one reason why my wife and I chose to leave the state. Love Indiana and Indiana Football, but the teaching load and lack of salary accompanying it weren't something that I wanted to support my family on. In Michigan, I teach fewer students each day, for $12,000 more a year at a public school, and thats with a pay scale that continues to increase. The biggest issue for many Indiana schools is that teacher pay is tied to enrollment. If your a young teacher that gets hired for $35k your school's enrollment is stagnant or shrinking you may never receive a raise. As a teacher, I've
    16 points
  5. On a scale ranging from spaghetti noodle to granite counter top, how hard were you when you posted this article? Please be honest Sir.
    15 points
  6. If there is one thing I have learned in my time of following GID and then joining the forum it is this: it is incredibly shortsighted of me, having never played football, coached football, or officiated football to sit in the stands or stand on the sideline during the game and believe that my opinion or perspective of any particular play is the correct and absolute opinion or perspective. As to officiating I would ask how do you expect another human being to make 100’s if not 1000’s of split second decisions during the course of a game and get every one of them right. If we take the
    15 points
  7. I've debated putting this on here for the last few days, but decided to do it because I think we too often hear about the negative, but rarely enough about the positive. The young man in the wheelchair is Sam (last name withheld for privacy, although he is probably more well-known in Evansville than our mayor). Sam has Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare genetic condition. His skin is fragile and blisters easily from even slight contact. He endures painful bandage changes daily and has endured countless medical procedures and spent many days and weeks in hospitals. He has literally fo
    14 points
  8. This is so incredibly dumb
    14 points
  9. When Tom Landry passed away, he was greeted at the Pearly gates by Saint Peter. St. Pete said "Welcome Coach Landry and job well done. We have a surprise waiting for you that we think you'll be very pleased with." He led Coach Landry through the gates and down a golden road. Coach Landry's curiosity and excitement began to grow as he saw that they were walking towards a large stadium. As they came closer, Coach Landry could hear the sound of loud cheers. He looked at St. Peter who simply smiled back at him. When they arrived at the stadium St. Peter led him through the tunnel and onto the
    14 points
  10. Ah, DT again mixing up "contraction" (schools dropping programs) and "consolidation" (schools merging). I'm not sure why 280 is your magic number. I know you're often confused about the difference between high school and college football, but fewer schools does not mean more quality, because - outside of the largest communities, students aren't likely to jump schools. It just means fewer opportunities. If an isolated rural school drops football, that's 30 or 40 kids who simply won't get the opportunity to play football, not 10 talented kids that will go somewhere else. High school
    13 points
  11. On behalf of the leadership team here at the Gridiron Digest, just wanted to express our thanks to all of you, our friends of GID!!! Whether you agree with folks or disagree, its always a great conversation (well most of the time) with fans of Indiana High School Football. Thanks to all our Boosters who generously give to us yearly Thanks to all our coaches who patronage our site Thanks to all our other members who engage, converse , argue, and PROMOTE, the best parts of this great game in our state. Good Luck to the 12 teams competing this weekend for State Titles a
    13 points
  12. Just wanted to give a hug shout out to the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and fans from Eastern Hancock last night. After the tragedy of having one of students passing away in the stands before our game last week, the EH faithful brought a sign to the coin toss honoring her. These kind of acts are what makes the game worthwhile. Need more of this kind of being humane to one another on and off the field.
    12 points
  13. considering 95% of the "drama" and "reports" stems from that section of the website that truly serves no purpose, @DK_Barons pulled the plug on it which I fully support. It truly has turned into a personal political playground for about 7-10 users and continue to go around and around and then it goes too far and lots of energy is used to to moderate that section that serves no purpose to our sport of Football. Coach Tim Adams original foresight into that section was a place where you could put on blast your favorite sports teams and players and to a lesser extent a place where fo
    12 points
  14. It seems odd that this post gets 0 replies and there are a bazillion posts about cancelling/postponing the season.
    12 points
  15. Practice is great July 1st What I would hate to see is all sports all teams do a mad rush and start trying to schedule 7 on 7s, 11 on 11s, 1 day shootouts, insert countless other competition days Be happy to work with your kids in house and prepare what you need to do in house during those times. For 1 summer, I am sure the schools can get by with elimination of competition days Just one guys thoughts
    12 points
  16. Bud Wright - Sheridan ( not a day over 21 years old)
    12 points
  17. 12 points
  18. Not too happy bit this particular thread. Winning games can be tough given injuries, the general youth of the team, among other factors. But these kids are out there fighting, let's not make fun of their efforts.
    12 points
  19. The blind draw cheats the fans and the kids. No other rational way to view it.
    12 points
  20. We tested them, but decided against it because the crew couldn't carry all 4 of them at once.
    12 points
  21. This is foolishness. Side note. The dirty looks are because you are wearing a letter jacket from ‘02. You’re THAT guy.
    12 points
  22. My kid probably had the best arm in the middle school and would have made a good quarterback and was downright mean as a linebacker, but I advised her not to play football.
    12 points
  23. I don't mind sounding like a broken record. I will remind the IHSAA of this every year until it's fixed. Tragedy #1 - Lafayette Jeff vs Merrillville Tragedy #2 - Avon vs Brownsburg No way these teams should have to meet each other in round one. The regular season has tournament implications at every level of every sport............except Indiana high school sports. Sad.
    11 points
  24. This is the first time I have seen this article. I believe the title is inflammatory and false; a different look at the numbers would suggest the following title: High School Football Participation Numbers Decreased Slightly, but that is OK There is absolutely NO evidence that football is Dying a slow death. There is still plenty of participation. The author points to a 6.5% decrease in athletes playing football and the rise of Lacrosse. What the author does not point out is that the decrease in participating schools across the country has been 1% in 10 years. That means that 99% of
    11 points
  25. OR, you can help the cause as stated above by @Muda69 https://gridirondigest.net/clients/donations/ GID does not generate the ADS ourselves in any way shape or form, HOWEVER, what it does is generate ADS based on the individual users "interests" from what I can recall. The former user Ellenwood for instance proudly spouted about his ADS were all TRUMP, and TRUMP related, reason? Welp, I think we know, his usage on his wifi and device and the magic of these computer internet tailor ads based on that IP address history. NOW, I am not Saying Tommy, I am just saying.....
    10 points
  26. Yeah 2 of the top favorites in 1A... how dare they!
    10 points
  27. My one burning question: If we start fall sports season with no fans present, or at most only family, how will the soccer kids know the difference? 😀
    10 points
  28. It's fun to watch DT on here talking about football "scheme" when he has no clue what he is talking about. A) "The drive blocking and pass protection skills of big linemen are mitigated in these schemes. Lots of standing around and then their involvement in the action is very limited." - DT RPO scheme is a pass option + a real running play. Usually with a read by the QB of a single defender to give him an answer of what to do with the ball. Your comment about big lineman standing around is ridiculous and proof you don't know what you are looking at. The run play can be a gap sche
    10 points
  29. Coach Roden was there 2 years, not 1 Absolutely NOT the case. Coaches will continue to have privacy on here when it comes to job interviews. You have no idea any circumstances of reasons why any coach would interview for any job. Scenario: (made up for any Bombers out there) Coach Nowlin interviews for Noblesville, Coach Nowlin doesn't get the job but was a finalist, random internet posters on a message board find out that Coach Nowlin has interviewed for another job and now because someone wanted to leak this information without Coach Nowlin's permissio
    10 points
  30. I just received this email from my good friend Jason Lowe. Coach Lowe is an assistant at Springs Valley and brother in law of Coach Bowsman. Hopefully this can spread through the state. Good morning Coaches. As many of you know, West Washington's head football coach/AD Phillip Bowsman passed away yesterday afternoon. Phillip was a great man, an extraordinary leader, and the best brother-in-law I could ask for. Springs Valley will be honoring Phillip by turning on our football field lights friday morning and leaving them on until Phillip's funeral services conclude Saturday. I
    10 points
  31. I’ve been following this since I was updated on Friday the coach was headed to the hospital. Sometimes we are quickly reminded how fragile life is and as great as this game we celebrate is, it is minuscule in the whole scheme of our time on earth. My thoughts and prayers are for the family and community that they can find comfort in this difficult time now and in the next couple weeks as we approach the holiday season.
    10 points
  32. 2005 3-6 Northwood makes a run and wins 3A state title over Chatard 7-0
    10 points
  33. I realize that I am being sucked in by the resident troll, but I refuse to let the program be spoken of in such a manner. Numbers are numbers, and that is fine, but what is most important is what you don't see in the significance of the sport to the many student-athletes who participate. The community loves football and supports it dearly. Like many rural communities, Madison has been hit heavily by the drug epidemic and has one of the highest rates of suicide in the state (did you read the article??). Football is all some of these kids have, win or lose. If you follow the Hoosier Hills
    10 points
  34. They’re working. The risk of serious injury in high school football is lower than ever. The game is getting safer and safer. Take this back into your communities and spread the word to the soccer moms who are keeping their kids out of youth football. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/?s=Serious+injury+risk+in+high+school
    10 points
  35. With all the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 this year, there have already been several cancelations and changes in schedules for Indiana High School Football. AlmanacSports.com is tracking these. Canceled their seasons (5) Hammond Central Hammond Clark Hammond Gavit Hammond Morton Whiting Canceled games Aug. 21 Warren Central at Center Grove (Metropolitan) Wabash at Rochester (Three Rivers) Bethlehem (Ky.) at Providence Bowman Academy at Calumet Delta at Muncie Central Elkhart at Concord Fairfiel
    9 points
  36. I thought you were being infiltrated by Athletic Directors when I saw this topic. I keep picturing this:
    9 points
  37. I played on a 2-8 team in HS. Our fans socially distanced naturally. 😀
    9 points
  38. I know there's a lot of opinions when news comes out like this, especially with him decommitting from an in-state school. This young man's three main reasons for committing to IU were the Kelly School of Business, the strength & conditioning program (Dave Ballou and Dr. Rhea), and the DL Coach (Mark Hagen). Since Rodney's commitment, Coach Hagen was named DL coach at Texas and Dave Ballou and Dr. Rhea both took jobs at Alabama. No one can blame those guys for making those moves that they deemed were best for them and their respective families. Due to those changes, none of
    9 points
  39. Northwood went to state in 2016 and went 11-1 in 2018. Concord has won sectionals 2 of the last 3 years. Northridge went 11-3 in 2014. Went 9-1 in 2017. Plymouth went 11-1, in 14, 10-3 in 15, 9-3 last year. Carry on, talking about crap you don't know.
    9 points
  40. Congrats! You saved $250k by not playing at Wabash and getting an Education Degree that you will use to get a job as a Gym Teacher for $35k in Podunk, Indiana.
    9 points
  41. Much love to our GID Nation Community!! Enjoy all your Family, Friends, and all the greatness that is the Holiday Season!! Cheers
    9 points
  42. As long as conferences are based primarily on scheduling convenience and geographic proximity, rather than competitive reasons, I think conferences in general - and especially 10 school conferences — are bad for football. The inability to schedule out of conference games that might be more competitive detracts from the quality of football generally, a cause that I thought you were championing.
    9 points
  43. Sir, the Evansville Day School football boosters that I've spoken with are more "glass half empty" type of people.
    9 points
  44. https://outsidethehuddle.net/2019/10/21/coachs-corner-an-open-letter-to-seniors-on-the-eve-of-the-postseason/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
    9 points
  45. Look, if you're going to post a thread, no matter how right, or in this case wrong you might be, at least make sure your potential title games could actually happen.
    9 points
  46. I'm sure this is a relief for most everyone.
    9 points
  47. Madison Football is a very unique situation. They are the smallest school in the HHC. The Cubs are a 4A School playing in a 5A and 6A conference. If Madison is in a league with schools of similar demographic makeup, then I thoroughly believe that they win more and very possibly finish the season with a winning record every now and then. All I can say from being the head coach for 4 seasons that the kids will give you everything they got. They will compete and they will play their hearts out every Friday night. Jut look at Sectional of 2018 Madison with one win travels to a 6-3 Edgewood
    9 points
  48. This REALLY bothers me. The stance is an absolute fundamental. Imagine a Little League baseball coach not teaching the kids how to stand in the batters box. Just the ramblings of a 35 year offensive line veteran...
    9 points
  49. Feeling a bit nostalgic this morning I remember very clearly the first time I came in contact with the Gridiron Digest. It was the spring of 2004. I was in my office at Galyans in Plainfield as we were in the process of being bought out by rival Dicks Sporting Goods. I was on the transition team, and we had a lot of time on our hands so I stumbled upon the GID as I was surfing the web. Hard to believe 15 years have gone by. We've all changed. I immediately entered the Holy War against the PP Horde, taking an aggressive position against Catholic high school football hegemon
    9 points
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